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Time is money: Who's making a buck off prisoners' families?

Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates’ families.... Read more»

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.... Read more»

FactCheck

Rick Perry's talking point on defense cuts

Fact check: Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because “our spending on defense has declined 21 percent over four years.” But that includes war funding, which has sharply declined now that U.S. combat troops are out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan.... Read more»

ACA exchanges launch with few glitches

More than 100,000 Americans signed up for coverage Saturday through the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges, which launched this weekend with far fewer problems and less fanfare than last year. Many people qualified for federal subsidies that kept their monthly premiums well under $100.... Read more»

Analysis

Kassig beheading: ISIS killers won't cease until stopped

News analysis: Peter Kassig’s beheading is another sign of savagery from messianic killers, but sending U.S. troops into direct combat roles in Syria would be a mistake.... Read more»

Widespread discrepancies found in nursing homes staffing levels

Analysis of data compiled for Medicare shows staffing levels lower than what’s reported on public website.... Read more»1

VA officials defend pace of action against senior agency executives

House members demanded to know why senior Department of Veterans Affairs executives who were implicated in recent scandals at the agency have not been fired, months after the agency got that authority. VA officials said they are making progress, but have to proceed cautiously.... Read more»

Texas: Feds seek fewer holds on undocumented immigrants

Federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in Texas jails longer so they can possibly be deported have dropped by the thousands, according to report released Wednesday.... Read more»1

Enrolling in Obamacare? Keep these 5 tips in mind

A quick checklist for people who don’t get their health insurance at work and plan to shop for coverage on the health law’s online exchanges, or marketplaces, starting Nov. 15.... Read more»

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

Republican candidates wagered that big bucks from outside political groups could overcome their own fundraising shortfalls ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. They were right. Last Tuesday night, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.... Read more»

Commentary

Health insurers win midterm election

Republicans weren’t the only big winners in last Tuesday’s election. So were health insurance companies, many of which spent heavily to influence the outcome.... Read more»1

Analysis

U.S. just starting down the path toward net neutrality

Analysis: President Obama’s statement supporting a free Internet is the start of a larger, global process.... Read more»

George W. Bush, invoking father, urges Jeb to run

Former President George W. Bush used an event designed to promote a new book to give his brother Jeb a boost. Invoking his father, Bush said: “I can speak for 41 when I say this. He ought to run for president, and he would be a great president should he win.”... Read more»

By the numbers: Remembering America's veterans in 2014

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices.... Read more»

Analysis

How WWI made combat even more terrible

Analysis: The ‘Great War’ introduced mechanized technology and the soulless calculus of attrition into warfare.... Read more»

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